Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Cassette Tape, Has Died

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A Philips cassette tape is shown in 1965. Lou Ottens, who lead the invention of the first cassette tape, has died at 94. Alfred Assmann/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

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Lou Ottens, who put music-lovers around the world on a path toward playlists and mixtapes by leading the invention of the first cassette tape, has died at age 94, according to media reports in the Netherlands. Ottens was a talented and influential engineer at Philips, where he also helped develop consumer compact discs.

Ottens died last Saturday, according to the Dutch news

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